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New Bill May Make Utah Parents Part of Solution in Suicide and Bullying Cases

February 20, 20130 Comments

1330873_courthouseTeen bullying and threats of suicide are always serious. Unfortunately, when they happen at school, parents aren’t always notified of a problem. A new bill working its way through the Utah senate, though, seeks to change that.

Bill to notify parents of suicide threats, bullying quickly advanced by Senate committee

Schools would be required to notify parents if a student expresses a suicide threat or is involved in an incident of bullying or harassment if a bill advanced Tuesday by a Senate committee becomes law.

SB184, sponsored by Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, would require parents to be notified of alleged incidents of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation involving their child, or if the school has reason to believe the student is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The bill also would require schools to obtain a signed statement from parents acknowledging they were made aware of the concerns regarding their child.

“Youth suicide and bullying is a state problem,” Robles said. “This is an epidemic that is impacting many of our children in the state of Utah.”

Robles said the motivation behind the bill was a desire to create an atmosphere of shared responsibility between parents and schools. She said she spoke with several families who recently lost a child to suicide, some of whom expressed a concern that they were not made adequately aware by schools of incidents of bullying and harassment that may have contributed to a student’s death.

Read the full article at DeseretNews.com.

Parents have to be part of the equation when it comes to teen bullying and suicide. Fortunately, Utah seems to recognize that.

New Bill May Make Utah Parents Part of Solution in Suicide and Bullying Cases


Article: New Bill May Make Utah Parents Part of Solution in Suicide and Bullying Cases
Author: Benjamin Wood
Source: DeseretNews.com


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